Jikon Lai is Assistant Professor in the International Political Economy Programme of the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University.

Jikon’s research output sits at the intersection of the fields of International Political Economy and International Relations. His research interest revolves around the institutions and socio-institutional contexts that explain outcomes in the financial sector, and the economy more generally. He has written and published on both conventional and Islamic finance, forms of economic governance, sovereign wealth funds and regional financial architecture. He is author of Financial Crisis and Institutional Change in East Asia, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. His peer-reviewed research articles have been published in Review of International Political Economy, New Political EconomyJournal of the Asia Pacific Economy and Asia Europe Journal. He also contributes to wider popular debate through various commentary pieces.

Jikon received his doctoral degree from the Department of International Relations in the College of Asia & the Pacific at The Australian National University. He had previously studied at the University of Oxford where he obtained an M.Phil. in International Relations; and the London School of Economics and Political Science, finishing with a B.Sc. in Economics (First Class).

Jikon has extensive experience teaching at the postgraduate-level at the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University and Macquarie University in Australia and in his current institution, the S.Rajaratnam School of International Studies at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. He has convened and taught the following subjects:

  • International Political Economy
  • Trade Policy, Politics and Governance
  • International Relations of East Asia
  • International Relations Theory
  • Development and Change